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    Canon’s new HQ to be LI’s largest green project
    USA is expected to file building plans Tuesday for its new headquarters
    in Melville, a five-story, 690,000-square-foot facility that would be
    Long Island’s biggest green project.In the plans, what was once 52
    acres of farmland would largely resemble a park, with the buildings
    taking up a third of the land, two reflecting pools to collect runoff
    water, walking paths among the trees, plus drought-resistant vegetation
    and energy-efficient building material.

    The main building, to be
    located on Walt Whitman Road south of the Long Island Expressway, would
    have a large interior courtyard to maximize natural light in the office
    building.Canon is trying to garner at least a silver standard from the
    U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental
    Design. Under new Huntington Town rules, a rating of silver and above
    would lift some code restrictions for developers, including allowing
    Canon’s two parking garages and two additional stories, design elements
    that free up land to create a park setting.If built to natioal treen
    building standards, the Canon project would be the fourth such
    commercial building on Long Island.”We wanted a campus-style
    headquarters,” Seymour Liebman, Canon’s executive vice president and
    chief administrative officer, said Monday at the company’s Lake Success
    headquarters. “All people have here is blacktop and parking
    lot.”Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said the Canon site shows
    how green can work for the developers who have been thinking of
    renovating their properties along Route 110. “We don’t want it to turn
    into White Plains,” he said of the built-up Westchester business
    corridor.Petrone, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Canon officials and
    other government leaders met Monday afternoon to discuss some of the
    biggest challenges to the project: traffic and federal and state
    funding for infrastructure improvements.

    Canon said its current
    1,000-plus employees in Lake Success will eventually grow to 2,500 at
    the new site, one of three global headquarters for the company. Canon
    said it expects the building to be completed by the end of 2010.The LIE
    overpass on Walt Whitman Road will have to be widened from one to two
    lanes each way, Petrone said, while the state Department of
    Transportation might redesign access to the Canon complex from the
    South Service Road.The national green standard was created eight years
    ago, but it was not until last November that a 130,000-square foot
    office building in Garden City became the first on Long Island to get a
    LEED rating.Long Island officials and developers say green building,
    despite added costs of up to 25 percent, has been gaining popularity
    partly because of concern about the environment and to help company
    brands stand out.

    But it’s not easy trying to register for a LEED rating.
    are thousands of people registered, but not many people cross the
    finish line,” said Thomas Chartier, project manager of Garden
    City-based Albanese Organization, which built Long Island’s first LEED
    offices.He said getting a LEED standard is still an “afterthought” to
    many developers: “It’s kind of a lower priority than actually finishing
    the building.”The second local LEED building is Sea Tow Services
    International in Southold while the other is a commercial building
    whose owners told the LEED organization they wanted to remain